According to Khan, UNICEF is currently working to ensure sustainable progress by moving toward investing in medium and long-term interventions including increasing access and demand of individuals to basic services including health, nutrition and education.
"Despite the challenges, generous support from our donors has allowed us to treat over 126,000 malnourished children so far this year as well as providing vaccinations, clean water and blanket supplementary feeding among other activities," Khan added.
In December, Saudi Arabia reportedly contributed $ 1.58 million to UNICEF Niger to support its polio eradication program. The funds were aimed at purchasing oral polio vaccine (OPV), allowing the Niger government to immunize up to 3.77 million children in 2011.
The grant from Saudi Arabia to Niger was part of a total contribution of $ 10 million to UNICEF to support immunization of 33 million children under the age of five across the Middle East and African region.
Currently, UNICEF maintains that Somalia has as many as 325,000 acutely malnourished children in crisis.
By SARAH ABDULLAH/Jeddah/Arab-news